I received an email recently and it didn’t matter that it was in my spam box. I clicked it anyway because the title said: “Are You Ready to Die?”
Yes, I do check my spam box at Yahoo because no matter how diligent I am about certain things, often enough important mail is directed to the spam box and I am a girl who does not like to miss a thing. So several times a week I am weeding out, moving mail, and then deleting the real spam.
I rarely click on any of the emails that I know are really spam (and not the mushy meat in a can you may be thinking of). But this spam was daunting. Are you ready to die? Well am I? Not the best question to ask a person first thing in the morning. But it did get me thinking.
Of course this spam email, titled: “Are You Ready to Die?” was an ad for funeral preparation and was asking me to click a link to another page-ah, you know the kind. I didn’t click through but I did do some further research.
Are You Ready to Die?
No. I am not. I do not wish to leave my loved ones. I love life and all those in it and though I may not miss them (according to what I believe happens after we pass on), I do believe they might miss me and who wishes to inflict that kind of pain on anyone?
But I realized that not only do I not want to go through the physical act of dying; I am also not mentally, financially, medically-or any other -ly-ready to die.
Here is where the research comes in. I typed the words (preparation for death) into my browser and was inundated with copious bits of information about how to…wait a minute. All this information talks about what your loved ones should do after you die.
Where is the information I need to prepare for death?
So I tried again. Death preparations. This search brought up several interesting avenues I could explore. Financial, legal, mental (e.g., if I had cancer and how to ease the inevitable…) etc.
I did find a few good websites with information about how I could prepare for death and ease the burden for my loved ones after I am gone. You may or may not be of the same mind in what your preparations are; so I will list a few websites here and then get to the bottom line.
Prepare for Your Death Online: 20+ Helpful Tools – Yes, you can prepare for death online, such as after death emails; who should handle your blog (if you blog); and this page even offers several links for how to prepare a will.
Funeral Checklist – This comprehensive list provides you and your loved ones with the tools to prepare and complete the dying/death/funeral process.
Survivor’s Checklist After Death – This article gives information about what your loved ones can do after you’ve passed. Many times one’s thoughts are not on calling the Social Security office or the credit card companies. This checklist may help loved ones muddle through important details they may otherwise forget.
The Bottom Line?
I am still not ready to die. Unfortunately though, death is inevitable. No one likes to think about it. But it does happen. You live and then you die.
And because I do like to be prepared for things, I am actually grateful to have received this spam email because it got me thinking about how I can prepare myself for death. But more importantly how I may ease the burden for my loved ones after I am gone.
Of course I am not in a position to be planning my funeral, picking out a casket or urn, and choosing a favorite song. Not quite yet. But I will. And sooner (with better informed thought) than I may have had I not clicked the email. Preparation for death. Not a fun topic but important all the same.
You may ask yourself these important questions as well:
Do I have a will?
Do I have life insurance?
Do I have the necessary papers in order so that my loved ones are not overwhelmed in their grief with having to dig through a ton of unimportant stuff?
Does my beneficiary know that I don’t want to wear the hot pink dress with the yellow chicks on it?
Within a day of receiving the (Are You Ready to Die?) email I happened upon an interesting article from my writer friend, Richard L. Meister Jr., titled: Why I Bought a Purple Cross Plan. I wasn’t looking for this particular information as I perused his writer page but I like his style and believe this article to be informative (and funny) in that it offers a review of the importance of life insurance. And I do like to share good reads; thus the reason I am sharing it with you. You may research further if you are in need of a good life insurance plan. The story he provides is sound advice for anyone, young or old.
Prepare for Your Death Online: 20+ Helpful Tips
Richard L. Meister Jr.
San’s spam email at Yahoo
Survivor’s Checklist After Death
Please Note: Never is it my intention to bring anyone down or cause a depressing thought. However, I do like to be helpful; and preparing for death-if possible-is just one of those (not fun) things that must be considered. Thank you.
*To read about another interesting spam article I received you may visit this article: Internet Scam ALERT – I Was Born but I Wasn’t Born Yesterday.